'Escape from New York' gets a director
'Die Hard 4.0' helmer Len Wiseman will direct the further adventures of Snake in a remake of 'Escape From New York'
The original 1981 flick starred Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, a dangerous convict sent to a maximum security prison on Manhattan to rescue the President when his plane is shot down by terrorists.
A modest hit at the time of its release, the film has since developed legendary cult status thanks to utterly original dialogue and plotting from Carpenter, drop dead cool cameos from the likes of Isaac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton, Donald Pleasance and Ernest Borgnine and a career-defining central performance from Russell.
'300' star Gerard Butler will take over the role of the toughest son of a bitch on the planet, while Ken Nolan ('Black Hawk Down') will re-tool the script, merging the original plot with an origin story for Snake. However, when remaking the original is tantamount to re-painting the Mona Lisa or re-building the pyramids, one wonders why they are bothering.
Author: Chris Tilly
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